Proud Pogba happy to repay trust as Man Utd captain

       Jose Mourinho has hit back at 'lies' over unrest in his squad

1:32 Jose Mourinho has hit back at 'lies' over unrest in his squad

Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba had different takes on Manchester United's penalty debate on Friday night.

And the Portuguese seemed to confirm those reports after Friday's unimpressive 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League's opening game of the 2018-19 season, a campaign he predicts will be "difficult" for his squad.

Early reports suggested that United manager Mourinho made Pogba captain in a bid to convince the France World Cup victor that his future lies at the club amid continued interest from Barcelona.

Mourinho cut a gloomy figure throughout pre-season, seemingly frustrated by the club's failure - or disinclination - to secure more of his summer transfer targets. One replied: "You sound like an 18 year old girl on Facebook with her cryptic status about her boyfriend".

He added: "It was not a hard decision [to start Pogba], the decision was down to him".

A summer of discontent at Old Trafford appeared to come to a head on Thursday as the transfer window ended without the reinforcements their manager had so publicly declared a priority.

Barcelona podría fichar a Pogba
En ese momento, todos se concentran sólo en el fútbol, y es un evento en el que las dimensiones del juego sólo pueden motivarte. Pogba tuvo que atravesar una estadía turbulenta en Old Trafford la temporada pasada.

United were outstanding in the early stages and I think the Foxes were in shock at the way they came out of the blocks and took control of the game.

The hosts got a much-needed lift after just two minutes when Daniel Amartey was harshly adjudged by referee Andre Mariner to have handled Alexis Sanchez's shot.

"We have to wait until the end of November to understand if we can fight for the title", he said.

- Leicester City (@LCFC) August 10, 2018There has been a general buzz in the footballing world as fans eagerly awaited the start of the new season following the hugely successful World Cup. I was fantastic spirit, and there were periods of very good football. However, Mourinho's time in charge of the club has been filled with feuding with his players, ownership and the media. A lot of big players for story of the club [have had it].

'[I'm] very pleased, very pleased. I think one defensive mistake and probably the linesman could help him and give a free-kick against Leicester.

"In the second half I had Andreas Pereira and Fred with a yellow card, Paul was fantastic his contribution was unbelievable, but the fuel was disappearing".

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